Review: Cheating Death by April White

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

In the thrilling conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series, a life has ended, the future is lost, and a war has just begun.
An explosion has split Time and Archer has paid the ultimate price, leaving Saira heartbroken and desperate to repair the rupture. But the blast has trapped Saira in an alternate future where Mongers are cornered predators and Death is the ultimate judge. If Saira and her larcenous friend, Ringo, ever want to see Archer alive, they must pull off the impossible – alter history at a moment in time to which they cannot return. But saving Archer will restore a timeline where Mongers have complete control, mixed bloods are hunted prey, and the Descendant world is spiraling into chaos.
As Saira uses her Clocking skills to prevent her worst nightmares from coming true, she travels from the dirty streets of Victorian London to the secret archives of the Vatican. She seeks a purpose that is greater than smashed hope, greater than lost love, greater than the prophecy that has shaped her very existence. She must use the lessons of history to free the present and shape the future. And in the end, Saira and her friends will face War and Death in the most important battle of all – the one for Peace.

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Guest Reviewer Joe Says:

Cheating Death is the conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series. I didn’t think it was possible, but author April White has upped her game for this final installment. Much more than a book to tie up loose ends, White digs deep and expands story lines and deepens relationships between characters. And, just when the reader expects the pace to ease off, White finds a way to crank things up!

The previous four books set the table so to speak. A long lasting power struggle within the leadership of the Immortal Descendants has put everyone at risk. Saira, the young Clocker (or Time Traveler) has the ability and the desire to right things. However, she cannot do it alone. On one hand she has twice the help as usual since her posse is now somewhat duplicated. The bad news is that the posse is duplicated across two timelines and multiple time periods. Of course these different timelines have created different outcomes and the friends that she needs on the alternate timeline don’t know her in the same way as the friends on the original time do. In fact some don’t know her at all. Confused? Well, you won’t be when you read the book as April White (thankfully) does a much better job of working through the storylines and timelines than I do.

White has promised to tie up all the loose ends of the various story lines and without revealing any Spoilers I can confirm that she keeps her promise. There is much to do to right all the wrongs that have been set in motion and although this is a gifted posse even the most talented representatives of Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death need a bit of help, hence, White adds in a healthy mix of historical figures quite ready to lend a helping hand. I will also mention that the requisite bad guys are still in the mix and quite active.

As I have said in previous reviews, April White is a master of crafting storylines, bringing characters to life and visual word painting. I think it’s important to know that writing at this level is not simple and it is clear that White cares about the story and the experience of the reader and has crafted best collection of stories that I’ve read in a very long time. If you’ve not taken the plunge, treat yourself to a very enjoyable read!

 

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